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Brian Lambert, Compass Health and Safety Consultancy

brian.lambert@compasshsc.co.uk / 07985 584986

 

Health and Safety Executive to target occupational (cancer and respiratory) diseases

Most of you who read this article work in industries where there is a hazard relating to carcinogenic materials and harmful respiratory materials and substances. Ask yourself the question, do you really fully understand the materials and substances that you are dealing with on a day-to-day basis?

Asbestosis, silicosis, lead exposure can all result in very serious ill health effects. Especially if we fail to recognise the hazards, or are ignorant of the risks, and do not provide adequate risk control measures.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated its intention to reduce work related ill health and occupational diseases over the next few years. Most of you will have some understanding of the hazards presented from building materials, and specifically the risks presented by asbestos containing materials.

Some of you may even have an idea about the damage that breathing in brick dust can have on the lungs. What about MDF, or wood dusts, what about CO2 exhaust fumes, welding fumes, chemical vapours?

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation places an absolute duty on employers to prevent ill health from exposure to hazardous substances. Warning labels on containers give some indication, but you will not find a warning label on naturally occurring biological hazards.

The HSE launched an app (for phones, tablets, and laptops) back in October which focused specifically on the hazards and risks associated with asbestos. This was de-signed specifically for tradespeople so that they could easily identify where they could expect to come into contact with asbestos, and provided advice on how to deal with it.

Article from Compass HSC January 2015 Newsletter